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  • Illinois hotels face challenges, funding sweeps

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer According to the president and CEO of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, the state tourism industry faces several challenges, especially in what is still a cash-strapped economy. Speaking to the Rockford...

    • Posted February 24, 2010
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  • Literary Hook: Saying goodbye to the winter season

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet Most of us are glad winter is waning. Some people, however, enjoy the rest that winter gives, the permission to hibernate a bit, the deep sleep during long, cold winter nights....

    • Posted February 24, 2010
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  • Left Justified: Refighting the Civil War

    By Stanley Campbell In honor of Black History Month, I’ll retell the heroic tale of a Belvidere abolitionist of African descent who recruited and enlisted for the all-white 95th Illinois Regiment in the 1860s. Rockford was a...

    • Posted February 24, 2010
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  • Guest Column: PlayStation, video poker games not best use of library

    By Tim Hughes   As one using the public library almost daily, I have said from the outset of the budget crisis, I would rather put up with the inconvenience of shorter library hours if that meant...

    • Posted February 24, 2010
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  • Cold, Nonpoint at Otto’s in DeKalb March 2

    From press release DEKALB, Ill.—Jacksonville, Fla., natives Cold and fellow Floridians Nonpoint will make their DeKalb debut Tuesday, March 2, at Otto’s Nightclub. Nashville, Tenn., natives Day of Fire will also perform. Tickets are $20 and are...

    • Posted February 24, 2010
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  • Tea Party Town Hall—a challenge to citizens—part 1

    Editor’s note: The following is the first in a two-part series. By Susan Johnson Copy Editor About 250 people gathered at Stockholm Inn Saturday, Feb. 21, for an all-day event hosted by the Northern Illinois Tea Party....

    • Posted February 24, 2010
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  • The Second Half: Keep the change

    By Kathleen D. Tresemer Columnist Seems like everybody is talking about “change” lately: handling change, motivating to change, reasons to change. I know a couple of expressions related to change, some that I spout regularly. One of...

    • Posted February 24, 2010
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  • Youth Charity Jam auditions Feb. 27 at Tebala Shrine Temple

    From press release Thirteen teen-aged bands will be auditioning for one of the seven spots at the 2010 RAMI Youth Charity Jam. The auditions will be Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road....

    • Posted February 24, 2010
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  • Pet Talk: Cat Scratch Disease often goes unnoticed

    From College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University Today, most people own at least one pet they consider to be a part of the family. We are very attached to our pets, and try to provide them...

    • Posted February 24, 2010
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  • Mana Kintorso gains following with catchy St. Patrick’s Day tune

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer While there are a lot of songs that celebrate Christmas, birthdays—even Halloween—works centered on the activities of St. Patrick’s Day are somewhat limited to Irish folk ditties and standards. A Rockford band...

    • Posted February 24, 2010
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